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March 2017

Thursday, March 23
Creative Placemaking: Economic Development For The Next Generation, 3/23, Webinar
11:00 AM
In this 60-minute webinar, you'll hear how creative placemaking creates vibrant, attractive communities with viable business models, enthusiastic investors, and dynamic programs and an eye towards attracting and retaining the younger generation.

This free webinar is co-hosted with the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™.

Attracting and retaining younger adults is a challenge that many small cities and towns face. Zachary Mannheimer bucked the trend and, after a 22-city road trip, decided to settle in Des Moines, Iowa. Now he's focused on getting others like him to see the upside of living in smaller communities.

Zach's work takes a fresh approach to economic development in small towns with young people and creative professionals in mind. For example, a vacant hotel in Fort Dodge is being converted into market rate apartments with an in-house cultural center. In Earlham, residents are converting a downtown building into a restaurant and culinary school.


Many thanks to Anne Boothe - Economic Development Specialist at Triangle Communications Company for bringing this event to our attention.

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